NE organizations to celebrate World Indigenous Peoples' Day

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Itanagar, Aug 04 (UNI) As a follow-up action to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), six organizations from North East have decided to celebrate the World Indigenous Peoples' Day (WIPD) here on August nine.

The organizations- All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU), Arunachal Citizens' Right (ACR), Galo Welfare Society (GWS), North East Students' Organization (NESO) and Nefa Indigenous Human Rights Organization (NIHRO) would host various programmes to mark the occasion, organisational sources informed.

These organizations have appealed to the civil societies in the state to participate in the celebration in order to promote and protect the indigenous rights as recognized and declared by the United Nation.

The UN declaration was inked on the basic principle of right to self determination and in the context of Arunachal Pradesh the declaration, in a way validates and strengthens the Bengal Eastern frontier Regulation 1873, the Chin Hills Act of 1896 and Verrier Elwin's model of developing the erstwhile NEFA, sources said.

While demanding the Centre to upgrade the Guwahati International Airport and link it directly with the South East Asian countries in the true spirit of the Centre's Look East Policy, the organizations also suggested the respective state governments of the NE states to take initiative for setting up a foreign language institute in the region for the benefits of the people.

They further appealed the Arunachal Pradesh government for early completion of proposed Green Field Airport here which would connect the state with the rest of the world, sources added.

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